Heroic Ukrainian firefighters are still tackling a massive blaze at an oil depot that was hit in a Russian missile strike two days ago.
The images show large flames dwarfing the brave firefighters aiming hoses at the inferno, where huge fuel containers can be seen severely damaged and burning.
Newsflash obtained these images from the State Emergency Service (SES) of Ukraine yesterday evening (Monday, 28th March).
The SES said that they showed “the fire that broke out at one of the industrial enterprises for fuel storage in Lutsk”, adding that their firefighters were still busy putting it out after it was hit in a Russian missile strike on Sunday, 27th March.
Lutsk is a historical city and the capital of the Volyn region, in north-western Ukraine, some 150 kilometres (93 miles) from the western Ukrainian city of Lviv.
The SES said that the fire had been brought under control somewhat and that their brave firefighters were busy trying to extinguish the blaze.
The emergency services added that the images were captured yesterday morning and there had been no further updates on the situation at the time of writing.
Another fire in Lviv, also at an industrial fuel storage depot, broke out at approximately 4.30pm on Saturday, 26th March, with the emergency services stating that it had been localised by 5am on 27th March, before being fully extinguished by 7am.
Reports have suggested that Russia is targeting Ukraine’s fuel depots in a bid to starve the country of fuel and to create oil scarcity.
Footage from the emergency workers in protective gear shows them tackling terrifying flames in the towering inferno during the 13-hour operation in Lviv.
The SES of Ukraine, in a statement on 28th March regarding the Lviv oil depot fire, said: “In Lviv, a fire was extinguished on the grounds of an industrial fuel storage company.
“Around 4.30pm on 26th March, a fire broke out in Lviv as a result of shelling on the grounds of one of the industrial fuel storage companies.
“At 5.02am on 27th March, the fire was contained. At 6.40am, it was extinguished.”
There are also new fears regarding the nuclear reactor Chernobyl, with Ukraine’s Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk demanding that the United Nations’ Security Council immediately demilitarise the area.
She claimed on Sunday that Russian forces are threatening “not only Ukraine but also hundreds of millions of Europeans” by taking large quantities of old and poorly maintained artillery to the area.